shidduch networks #germany

Ralph Bloch <rablo07@...>

Adam Yamey and I were discussing marriage patterns he found while
transcribing Ichenhausen marriage records (

Long before the advent of railways, marriageable young people from
Ichenhausen (and other Swabian communities) found partners in specific
Jewish communities of Baden, Wuertemberg and the Palatinates, hundreds of
miles away.

Travel, phone and internet can be safely ruled out as courting venues. This
raises the question: did formal or informal shadchanut networks exist
between distant Jewish communities in the 18th and 19th century? How would
they have communicated? Does anyone know about literature on this topic?

Ralph Bloch Dundas, Canada <>

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